Ed Woodward’s stance on Paul Pogba’s next contract at Man Utd

Manchester United have no intention of enticing Paul Pogba to stay at the club with a lucrative contract, it's been claimed.

The France international made his desire to leave Old Trafford known last summer, revealing he was ready to undertake a new challenge.

A move away from the Theatre of Dream, however, never materialised for the 27-year-old, despite interest from Real Madrid and his former employers Juventus.

United prevented the possibility of Pogba leaving on a free transfer in the summer by exercising a clause in his contract to extend his stay at the club by a further year.

The Old Trafford brass, as well as manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer, are keen to retain the midfielder's services the coming years.

But they won't give him an extravagant pay rise to convince him to stay put.

That's according to ESPN , who claim the Red Devils are refusing to be held to ransom by the World Cup winner or his agent – Mino Raiola – and will only offer him a "reasonable" pay increase.

Manchester United's next seven matches in all competitions

Newcastle United (a) – Premier League, Oct 17

Paris Saint-Germain (a) – Champions League, Oct 20

Chelsea (h) – Premier League, Oct 24

RB Leipzig (h) – Champions League, Oct 28

Arsenal (h) – Premier League, Nov 1

Istanbul Basaksehir (a), Champions League, Nov 4

Everton (a) – Premier League, Nov 7

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to have put his foot down and refused to offer players exorbitant contracts in the wake of the Alexis Sanchez saga.

In light of the staggering £400,000-a-week United paid the Chilean before his permanent move to Inter Milan in August, Woodward and Solskjaer are adamant they will not break the club's wage structure for any player.

Pogba is currently taking home a staggering £270,000-a-week, a fee which will increase should he accept a new deal at the Theatre of Dreams.

Pogba, United's record signing, has made six appearances for the Red Devils this season – scoring one goal and providing one assist.

The former Juve midfielder and his United team-mates will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, welcoming Premier League title hopefuls Chelsea to Old Trafford.

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